Tongue River Elementary

Summary:

Tongue River Elementary is a public elementary school located in Ranchester, Wyoming, serving grades K-5 with a total enrollment of 230 students. As part of the highly-ranked Sheridan County School District #1, Tongue River Elementary consistently outperforms state and district averages in academic assessments, placing it among the top elementary schools in Wyoming.

Tongue River Elementary's academic excellence is evident in its students' strong performance on WY-TOPP assessments. In the 2022-2023 school year, 5th-grade students achieved 78.1% proficiency in English Language Arts and 73.2% proficiency in Mathematics, significantly higher than the state averages of 54.9% and 53.7%, respectively. The school's exceptional support for diverse learners is also noteworthy, with Tongue River Elementary ranking 12th out of 129 Wyoming elementary schools for female students and 4th out of 115 schools for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

While Tongue River Elementary's student population is predominantly White, similar to nearby Big Horn Elementary, the school's higher per-student spending of $17,828 compared to the surrounding Sheridan County School District #2 schools suggests a greater investment in resources and support services for its students. This additional funding may contribute to the school's strong academic and social-emotional outcomes, making Tongue River Elementary a valuable asset to the local community.


Detail:

Public K-5

 1351 Dayton Street
       Ranchester, WY  82839


(307) 655-2206

District: Sheridan County School District #1

SchoolDigger Rank:
21st of 146 Wyoming Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $17,828 Help


Students who attend Tongue River Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Big Horn Middle School
    Tongue River Middle School
High:    Big Horn High School
    Tongue River High School

Student/teacher ratio:  12.7 Help
Number of students:  230

Racial breakdown:

White:
81.7%
Two or more races:
6.5%
American Indian:
5.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  38.7% Help


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Compare Details Tongue River Elementary ranks better than 85.6% of elementary schools in Wyoming. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 81.67. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Tongue River Elementary has the largest elementary school student body size in the Sheridan County School District #1. Racial makeup is: White (81.7%), two or more races (6.5%), American Indian (5.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 38.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Sheridan County School District #1. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Tongue River Elementary is 12.7. 1 elementary schools in the Sheridan County School District #1 have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Tongue River Elementary is $17,828, which is the highest among 3 elementary schools in the Sheridan County School District #1!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Tongue River Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Tongue River Elementary 21st of 146 Wyoming public elementary schools. (See Tongue River Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Sheridan County School District #1:

SchoolDigger ranks Sheridan County School District #1 1st of 42 Wyoming school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Tongue River Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Tongue River Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 56.29 48th 131 63.4%
2005 41.64 82nd 136 39.7%
2006 46.65 82nd 145 43.4%
2007 43.04 100th 149 32.9%
2008 62.49 50th 151 66.9%
2009 68.62 36th 150 76.0%
2010 72.55 33rd 150 78.0%
2011 77.00 21st 152 86.2%
2012 68.49 33rd 143 76.9%
2013 68.84 35th 142 75.4%
2014 63.42 43rd 147 70.7%
2015 65.06 42nd 154 72.7%
2016 53.44 71st 148 52.0%
2017 50.67 82nd 151 45.7%
2018 57.56 64th 147 56.5%
2019 77.40 26th 153 83.0%
2021 67.97 39th 153 74.5%
2022 61.38 52nd 144 63.9%
2023 81.67 21st 146 85.6%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Tongue River Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 59.65 25th 75 66.7%
2021 73.72 9th 71 87.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Tongue River Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.70 72nd 99 27.3%
2019 65.96 34th 132 74.2%
2021 63.72 30th 119 74.8%
2022 55.24 43rd 110 60.9%
2023 88.74 4th 115 96.5%
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Rank History for Female students at Tongue River Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 69.32 32nd 125 74.4%
2019 77.80 22nd 136 83.8%
2021 80.88 13th 132 90.2%
2022 58.87 51st 126 59.5%
2023 83.94 12th 129 90.7%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Tongue River Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 34.35 51st 72 29.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Tongue River Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 45.07 77th 126 38.9%
2019 78.28 24th 138 82.6%
2021 54.95 59th 134 56.0%
2022 61.01 48th 127 62.2%
2023 76.83 22nd 132 83.3%
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Data source: test scores: Wyoming Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: Wyoming Department of Education

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by a parent
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Open Quote I find they are great for any kid! Teachers really care about their students. They take time for each child as needed. My sons teachers took even personal time to talk to them if they had problems. If it's emotional or work problems they make sure your child does not leave without knowing what they can do about it. It's so hard to find a school where the teachers really care about the students rather then there pay checks but this school really does. If your in this area this is really the best school. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Tongue River Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 188 188
1990 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 189 189
1991 179 0 2 5 12 n/a n/a 0 198
1992 201 1 1 7 5 n/a n/a 0 215
1993 209 0 3 11 12 n/a n/a 0 235
1994 188 1 3 5 5 n/a n/a 0 202
1995 223 0 2 5 9 n/a n/a 0 239
1996 223 0 2 5 9 n/a n/a 0 239
1997 209 0 0 3 10 n/a n/a 0 222
1998 194 0 0 4 12 n/a n/a 0 210
1999 197 0 2 6 14 n/a n/a 0 219
2000 165 0 1 10 22 n/a n/a 0 198
2001 165 1 0 7 23 n/a n/a 0 196
2002 161 5 0 0 15 n/a n/a 0 181
2003 161 5 0 0 15 n/a n/a 0 181
2004 148 0 0 6 12 n/a n/a 0 166
2005 149 0 0 6 15 n/a n/a 0 170
2006 166 2 2 5 11 n/a n/a 0 186
2007 172 1 2 6 15 n/a n/a 0 196
2008 183 1 4 9 16 n/a n/a 0 213
2009 177 2 1 7 22 n/a n/a 0 209
2010 187 0 0 11 17 0 2 0 217
2011 184 0 0 13 15 0 3 0 215
2012 178 0 0 9 8 1 5 0 201
2013 206 0 0 6 15 0 3 0 230
2014 227 0 0 3 10 0 7 0 247
2015 227 1 1 3 13 0 9 0 254
2016 226 0 0 6 9 0 11 0 252
2017 227 0 0 0 10 0 10 0 247
2018 223 3 0 0 10 0 8 0 244
2019 212 2 1 0 11 0 7 0 233
2020 220 1 1 0 8 0 10 0 240
2021 213 1 2 0 9 0 12 0 237
2022 220 1 2 0 8 0 11 0 242
2023 188 2 2 10 13 0 15 0 230

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Tongue River Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 188 n/a n/a n/a
1990 189 13.0 14.5 n/a
1991 198 14.0 14.1 29.3
1992 215 11.3 19.0 26.5
1993 235 15.5 15.2 25.5
1994 202 16.0 12.6 24.8
1995 239 17.7 13.5 30.1
1996 239 17.7 13.5 30.1
1997 222 17.3 12.8 32
1998 210 17.3 12.1 35.2
1999 219 17.8 12.3 45.7
2000 198 17.3 11.4 42.4
2001 196 18.9 10.4 41.3
2002 181 16.4 11.0 49.7
2003 181 16.4 11.0 49.7
2004 166 16.4 10.1 55.4
2005 170 19.1 8.9 50.6
2006 186 20.0 9.3 45.2
2007 196 21.4 9.2 36.7
2008 213 20.3 10.5 31.9
2009 209 19.5 10.7 32.5
2010 217 20.2 11.1 36.9
2011 215 n/a n/a 40.9
2012 201 34.2 5.8 39.3
2013 230 n/a n/a 40.4
2014 247 19.5 12.6 42.9
2015 254 21.0 12.0 43.3
2016 252 21.0 12.0 38.9
2017 247 21.0 11.7 30.4
2018 244 20.0 12.2 34.4
2019 233 19.0 12.2 36.1
2020 240 19.0 12.6 40.8
2021 237 19.0 12.4 37.1
2022 242 19.0 12.7 31
2023 230 18.0 12.7 38.7

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Tongue River Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 188 n/a n/a n/a
1990 189 13.0 14.5 n/a
1991 198 14.0 14.1 29.3
1992 215 11.3 19.0 26.5
1993 235 15.5 15.2 25.5
1994 202 16.0 12.6 24.8
1995 239 17.7 13.5 30.1
1996 239 17.7 13.5 30.1
1997 222 17.3 12.8 32
1998 210 17.3 12.1 35.2
1999 219 17.8 12.3 45.7
2000 198 17.3 11.4 42.4
2001 196 18.9 10.4 41.3
2002 181 16.4 11.0 49.7
2003 181 16.4 11.0 49.7
2004 166 16.4 10.1 55.4
2005 170 19.1 8.9 50.6
2006 186 20.0 9.3 45.2
2007 196 21.4 9.2 36.7
2008 213 20.3 10.5 31.9
2009 209 19.5 10.7 32.5
2010 217 20.2 11.1 36.9
2011 215 n/a n/a 40.9
2012 201 34.2 5.8 39.3
2013 230 n/a n/a 40.4
2014 247 19.5 12.6 42.9
2015 254 21.0 12.0 43.3
2016 252 21.0 12.0 38.9
2017 247 21.0 11.7 30.4
2018 244 20.0 12.2 34.4
2019 233 19.0 12.2 36.1
2020 240 19.0 12.6 40.8
2021 237 19.0 12.4 37.1
2022 242 19.0 12.7 31
2023 230 18.0 12.7 38.7

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Tongue River Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,026 (7.5%) $12,691 (92.5%) $13,718
2020 $945 (7.1%) $12,420 (92.9%) $13,365
2021 $1,302 (9.3%) $12,732 (90.7%) $14,035
2022 $1,370 (8.9%) $14,046 (91.1%) $15,416
2023 $2,573 (14.4%) $15,256 (85.6%) $17,828

Data source: Wyoming Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Tongue River Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 26th of 153 Elementary schoolsRanks 21st of 146 Elementary schools
 2.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Tongue River Elementary)67.663.4
 4.2%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Sheridan County School District #1)71.661.5
 10.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Wyoming)54.848.3
 6.5%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Tongue River Elementary)7373.2
 0.2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Sheridan County School District #1)79.772.3
 7.4%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Wyoming)53.553.5
4th Grade English Language Arts (Tongue River Elementary)51.453.1
 1.7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Sheridan County School District #1)60.564.9
 4.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Wyoming)49.145.5
 3.6%
4th Grade Mathematics (Tongue River Elementary)62.284.4
 22.2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Sheridan County School District #1)66.383.8
 17.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Wyoming)5351.1
 1.9%
4th Grade Science (Tongue River Elementary)62.259.4
 2.8%
   4th Grade Science (Sheridan County School District #1)66.368.9
 2.6%
   4th Grade Science (Wyoming)5250.2
 1.8%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Tongue River Elementary)76.278.1
 1.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Sheridan County School District #1)75.679
 3.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Wyoming)55.654.9
 0.7%
5th Grade Mathematics (Tongue River Elementary)83.373.2
 10.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Sheridan County School District #1)72.177.8
 5.7%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Wyoming)55.453.7
 1.7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students233230
 1.3%
African American22
American Indian1113
 18.2%
Asian12
 100%
Hispanic010
Pacific Islander00
White212188
 11.3%
Two or More Races715
 114.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients36.1%38.7%
 2.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Tongue River Elementary

Students who attend Tongue River Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Big Horn Middle School
Middle : Tongue River Middle School
High : Big Horn High School
High : Tongue River High School

Tongue River Elementary ranks 21st of 146 Wyoming elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Tongue River Elementary are 82% White, 7% Two or more races, 6% American Indian, 4% Hispanic.

In the 2022-23 school year, 230 students attended Tongue River Elementary.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Wyoming Department of Education.

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